Breaking Down the Differences in Container Conditions

Shipping Container Conditions are very important factors in purchasing containers

Published In : 12-October-2023

New or One Trip Container

All shipping containers are manufactured outside of North America. A one trip container is basically a new container. It has been shipped from the factory into the US and is typically loaded with cargo. It’s only loaded one time and only makes one trip. It does not go into shipping service. Once they arrive in the US, they are sold in the aftermarket for storage and other applications. These containers are an excellent choice because they have not spent a lot of time on a vessel or being handled at the port. We offer one trip containers in various sizes and door configurations including double door containers and open side containers. One trip containers range in length from 10ft containers to 40ft containers. We also offer “high cube” one trip containers in the same dimensions and configurations. For more information on one trip containers, contact one of our container representatives today to find out which option best suits your needs.


IICL stands for “International Institute of Container Lessors”. Essentially, the IICL has created a standard of inspection for industries the utilize containers for shipping. It ensures that an ISO Storage Container meets the requirements to be utilized in shipping service (by leasing companies) to transport cargo. These inspection criteria is mainly used by financial institutions. However, we have found that it also guarantees a high standard of quality (regarding the condition of the container). While an IICL container is a nice option, they don’t typically get used for aftermarket storage applications. This type of container is typically utilized in shipping service. By the time it lives out its life in shipping service (usually about 7-10 years), it’s no longer able to pass an IICL inspection.

Cargo Worthy

The title pretty much says it all. Cargo worthy means just that. A cargo worthy storage container has been inspected and carries a cargo worthy or seaworthy certification. If your needs include shipment or there is a chance you may want to ship your container in the future, we recommend purchasing a cargo worthy storage container. In most cases, a cargo worthy container is no different (condition-wise) than a WWT (wind & watertight) container. However, it’s been inspected by a maritime surveyor and can be used to ship goods/products overseas. This type of container is typically a few hundred dollars more than the next category (wind & watertight containers).


Looking for the most economical yet functional solution? Wind & Water Tight or “WWT” storage containers are the most affordable yet functional cargo boxes you will find.

These containers are in abundant supply and range in condition. Like most used containers, they vary in color, have surface rust, dents and dings. However, they do not need to be inspected by a maritime surveyor. Typically, a used containers gets inspected by experienced shop personnel and are repaired if necessary to ensure they are wind & watertight (WWT). When you work with Container Technology, we guarantee that your used container will be WWT (wind & watertight).

As Is

ISO storage containers in “as is” condition has the potential for being damaged in the shipping process, structural problems or significant rust. These containers can no longer be considered “WWT”. While Container Technology typically does not deal with this condition category, ask one of our team members about availability. If they are available, they are usually quite a bit less expensive than Cargo Worthy or WWT storage containers. However, they are usually damaged…which is why they are sold “as is”.

Contact us today at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote and we will get back to you right away with the information you’ve requested.

Container Technology is a member of the Container Alliance Partnership offering portable storage containers for sale as well as shipping containers for rent across north America, for more information visit Container Alliance.

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